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Polymer City Records Label and Promotions tuned in to music

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Roger McClain and Val Bailey have established Polymer City Records Label and Promotions.
Photo courtesy of Polymer City Records Label and Promotions
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Polymer City Records Label and Promotions and its Rubber City Recording Studio is a professional music recording business located at 68 W. Exchange St.

The year-old business is owned by Val Bailey and Roger McClain. Bailey handles the promotion of musical bands that have recorded songs with the studio. She comes from a background in the modeling industry and had her own agency at one time, according to McClain.

McClain is the producer, musician and technician of the business. He said he has experience working in various studios, including doing live music and recordings.

“It was an evolutionary process,” he said of his current job. “I once worked in the WAKC TV 23 studios doing production and sound work. I now record new and established artists.”

McClain said the Rubber City Recording Studio can handle three- to four-piece bands and does multi-track production that can enhance the music or add special effects. A four-hour block in the studio costs $149.

McClain said Polymer Records also is developing a “Wrecking Crew” to help solo artists record their music. The use of this band would be an extra charge.

According to McClain, recent artists recording at the studio include Mars Audio, which got one project underway at Polymer Records and is working on producing a first album. Also, Donny Damage, who played with the Hammer Damage Band in the late 1970s, is working on a blues project. McClain said Damage is an Akron icon originally from the Rubber City Rebels band from the late 1970s.

While Polymer Records handles mostly rock and commercial pop, as well as some blues and jazz, McClain said they are willing to listen to all kinds of music.

“The music has to be there, but the promotions of video is all important for marketing and to develop an image,” added McClain. “Val can help create this image for artists.”

Next to the recording studio at Polymer Records is a stage to showcase live performances of bands. McClain said this venue allows them to present intimate acoustic performances, as well as poetry readings one Saturday each month for up to 60 people.

“The feel of this room is like an antique parlor, and we call it the Orange Room,” said McClain.

The next event, Night Murmurs, is set for Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. It will be emceed by poet Jen Pezzo, author of “Imaginary Conversations,” and will feature local and regional poets and artists.

McClain also has used the stage to record a performance with his band Live Wires for Twistin’ Tom Radio.com.

For more details about booking the recording studio, call 330-535-6808 or visit polymercityrecords.com.


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